Work with diverse people and sectors
Community-led development strengthens the vitality of communities by activating and weaving the contribution of everyone connected to a place/whenua. Use these resources to weave your own connections amongst the diverse of your people and your place.
In Aotearoa, Te Tiriti ensures the histories and world views of tāngata whenua shape relationships, actions and outcomes in local communities. Other diverse communities include communities of interest (e.g. sports, environment, online) and communities of identity – ethnic, cultural, LGBTIQA+, youth, disability and more.
How do we weave connections between diverse people, groups and sectors and make the most of everyone’s contributions.
Recognise the two kinds of community expertise:
- Context Experts – people with lived experience of a situation, for example, children and youth, whānau, or residents from a neighbourhood. They know from first-hand experience about the opportunities, issues and challenges in their place. Make sure their insights, voices and participation are actively included in local engagement, decision-making and action-taking processes, and you will come up with solutions that are much more likely to last and work.
- Content Experts – professionals, staff from community organisations, service providers and leaders with formal power. They have knowledge, tools and resources that can help address opportunities and issues in and with local communities – especially if they understand how to work respectfully as enablers of community-led initiatives.
How do we reach out respectfully to those we may not have connected with before?
Relationship building between tāngata whenua and tāngata Tiriti (all others who have come here) organisations, groups and communities is a core component of CLD in Aotearoa. This resource provides three different tools to support communities in developing relationships with Tangata Whenua.